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review 2018-12-11 02:00
Ornaments of Death
Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries) - Jane K. Cleland

Josie is having her annual Christmas party and her cousin, Ian, has arrived from England and she is beyond delighted to have him arrive. When he goes missing, she tries to find him and when he is missing for more than a day, a body is found and when she identifies it as her cousin, she finds out that his daughter is now missing. 


This story had many twists and turns and looked at ancestry and antiques and provenance. I had found it last year when my girls started getting braces and borrowed it, but ran out of time to read it, so I just would borrow and read a bit more, finally reading it now. 

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review 2018-12-09 06:39
rising from the ashes
Riding Towards Shadows - Nellie Merthe Erkenbach

Riding Towards Shadows really impressed me more than most books I've read in recent months.

A self-discovery novel that exudes strength and vulnerability at the same time, is personal and also help (almost instructions) for women in a similar situation. Nellie Merthe Erkenbach takes us on her journey through the pain of loss, a journey into her past, which she undertakes to heal in the present.

The Glasgow of the 1990s is an unknown world but opens up through Erkenbach’s vivid descriptions and flashbacks.

Riding Towards Shadows is a "road movie" and that's why the vehicle plays a special role; her motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster, is almost mythical, a symbol of masculinity that helps this woman to emancipate from male stereotypes. The actual journey thus becomes an inner development, a maturing process.

Because these are real people, some characters remain a little unclear but this gives the story a certain kick.

Riding Towards Shadows is suffering from love lost and growing through dealing with the pain, it is not a humorous book but one that stays with the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.  

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review 2018-12-09 01:38
The Koala of Death
The Koala of Death - Betty Webb

Book 2 of the Gunn Zoo Mystery


Teddy is awoken to the sound of something bumping her houseboat. When she goes out she finds a fellow zookeeper floating dead in the water. When another keeper is accused she feels that she needs to help him and get to the truth...for several reasons. She is being forced to be the tv presence of the zoo, the PR person and the blog writer, and all she wants to do is be a keeper, taking care of her animals. When the murderer starts aiming at her, she really feels the need to find the truth. She wants to return to her home and not live in her mother's place. 


This book was requested on the trip and we finished it and my family was laughing at some of the things that happened and were "said." My husband even asked, "How did I find these books?" 

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review 2018-12-04 00:55
The Anteater of Death
The Anteater of Death - Betty Webb

A couple of years ago, I was walking through the stacks at the library and saw the title on this book and laughed. I borrowed it and loved the story. I then borrowed and read all the other books in the series. I borrowed this book again as a Kindle and as an audio through Overdrive. I did this so that I could get the girls interested in the series. We listened to the whole book on the way to Maryland to go to Antietam and we started another book from the series on the way home. My husband loved the story. 


Teddy is a zookeeper taking care of the giant anteater, Lucy. A man is found dead in her cage and she is accused of killing him and the current director, an animal hater, orders her destroyed. After an autopsy, it is learned that the anteater is innocent of murdering the man. Teddy then works on getting her freed from her smaller cage so that when she has her baby it is less stressful and all goes well. There is so much information in the book about zoos and the animals and about anteaters. I really did enjoy this book the second time around. 


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review 2018-12-04 00:34
Needled to Death
Needled to Death - Maggie Sefton

I read this book several years ago and is the 2nd book in the series. Kelly is working from home in Colorado while she continues to work out how to pay off the mortgage on her aunt's house, the ranch she inherited and figuring out how she can stay in Ft. Collins with her new found friends. When she and Jennifer take a visiting group of yarn artists to Vicki's home in the canyon, when they get there, they find her dead. This starts Kelly's involvement with the family and the finances that were part of the life of Vicki. 


The story is fun to read and listen to. My kids enjoyed listening to it as well. 


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